FLORENCE – University of North Alabama Athletic Director Mark Linder has announced that the Lions will add women’s indoor and outdoor track to UNA’s list of athletic teams for the 2012-13 school term.
The addition will give UNA 14 varsity sports, meeting another benchmark in the Lions’ pursuit of NCAA Division I status. The NCAA requires Division I athletic programs to have a minimum of 14 varsity sports.
These are the first sports added at UNA since the women’s soccer program beagn in 1997. UNA will now compete in eight women’s sports (soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, softball, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track) and six men’s sports (football, cross country, basketball, golf, baseball, tennis).
“We considered many options, including women’s bowling, women’s golf and sand volleyball,”said Linder. “While those sports remain on the slate for consideration, we believe the additions of women’s indoor track and women’s outdoor track are the best fits for our department. These sports will strengthen our current program, have plenty of regional competition and will add opportunities for female student athletes.”
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